REMAIN IN LIGHT
Angelique Kidjo has partenered with 2015 Grammy producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker (Kany West, Rolling Stones, Beyonce) for her version of “Remain in Light” which brings the landmark 1980 album by Talking Heads full circle, back to the sounds of West Africa than inspired that original.
It features appearances by Ezra Koenig, Blood Orange, Tony Allen, Antibalas Horns,Angelique’s longtime guitarist Dominic James, and Magatte Sow (percussionist for the ‘Black Panter’ film score). Visual artist Kerry James Marshall collaborated on the album artwork.
QUEEN OF SHEBA – ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO & IBRAHIM MAALOUF
Symphonic work composed by Ibrahim Maalouf on an Angélique Kidjo’s text inspired by the legend of the Queen of Sheba
These two artists have the habit of being where they are least expected, and do not fail their habits. This album is a subtle mix of their universes, which are unique melting pots on their own.
« The legend of the queen of Sheba establishes the founding myth of the encounter between Africa and the Middle East.
By means of the enigmas submitted by the Queen to King Salomon, we intertwine our roots, melodies and rhythms with Ibrahim to recreate with music the magical collision of these two cultures. »
ANGELIQUE KIDJO’S TRIBUTE TO SALSA
“Kidjo’s heartfelt, swinging tribute to Celia Cruz was one of the most powerful and uplifting performances of the year.”
“Bringing along New York-based, Cuban-born conga master Pedrito Martinez was an excellent choice–Martinez’s group brought the real deal Havana sound that Kidjo needed to support her magnificent voice. Kidjo’s interpretation of Cruz’s voice and music was beautiful and faithful, even peppering every song with Cruz’s signature exclamation, “Azucar!”
— Afropop Worldwide
Remain in Light
08/03/2019 – SYDNEY (AUS) – Sydney Opera House
10/03/2019 – ADELAIDE (AUS) – WOMADelaide Festival
16/03/2019 – NEW PLYMOUTH (NZ) – WOMAD FestivaL, TSB Bowl of Brooklands
30/04/2019 – KAMPALA (UG) – International Jazz Day
11/05/2019 – STAVENGER (NO) – Maijazz (Remain in light and others)
12/05/2019 – TRONDHEIM (NO) – Byscenen (Remain in light and others)
28/05/2019 – BERGEN (NO) – Grieghallen
19/07/2019 – PORI (FIN) – Pori Jazz Festival
30/07/2019 – LONDON (UK) –
14/05/2019 – PARIS (75) – Bataclan
17/05/2019 – AIX-EN-PROVENCE (13) – Grand Théâtre
02/08/2019 – CROZON (29) – Festival du Bout du Monde
25/05/2019 – COUTANCES (50) – Festival Jazz sous les pommiers (trio)
25/06/2019 – GENÈVE (CH) – Centre des Arts, international school of Geneva (piano/voix)
27/06/2019 – TOULOUSE (31) – Le Marathon des mots (piano/voix)